Can Guinea Pigs Drink From A Bowl?
When I first considered whether or not I should buy a guinea pig bowl, my first thought was, can guinea pigs drink from a bowl? In hindsight, this was such a silly thing to think because guinea pigs, in their natural environment, are always drinking from lakes, ponds, puddles and streams…
So of-course guinea pigs can drink from a bowl 🙂
Now, bowls can be used for both food and water and in my opinion, I would use a bowl for food and a drip feeder for water. If you are looking for a water drip feeder, check out this little guy here, quality and great value for money:
However, if you are pretty set on getting a bowl for your guinea pigs water there are few things you should know. When considering what guinea pig bowl you end up buying, it is, in my experience, best to consider the following things:
I know it seems like a lot for something so simple but believe me, there is more to it than meets the eye.
When drinking out of a guinea pig water bowl, your guinea pigs are naturally going to occasionally track unwanted sediment into the water. Whether it be dirt, dust, their own waste, its going to happen. So if you are pretty set on buying a water bowl for your guinea pig over a water feeder, you have to be willing to change the water out pretty regularly.
Ideally, you will be topping up the once a day (depending on how many guinea pigs you have) and at the least once every three days. The long you leave it the more contaminated the water is likely to get, especially since the water is not moving.
The maintenance side of things goes hand in hand with hygiene in terms of your guinea pig bowl purchase. The water bowls for you guinea pig more typically require more work simply because you will be needing to top them up more than once where as, with a drip feeder, you can load up a whole weeks supply of water and not have to worry about it.
As well as topping the water bowl up regularly, also consider the cleaning aspect of things. Its not super time consuming but it is something to keep in mind.
Obviously, a bigger bowl is gonna cost you more money. However, if you have more than one guinea pig, this may be one of those extra necessary purchases you just have to make. You can really use anything if as a bowl for your guinea pig AS LONG as they can comfortably get to the water. The last thing you want is a high bowl that you guinea pig has to climb to reach. This could lead to them actually falling into the water bowl and drowning. Get something small and easy.
Here is an example of something that would perfectly as a guinea pig water bowl, or bowl in general:
You can pick up a bowl that is suitable for a guinea pig for SUPER cheap. The one I recommend above is only about $4.00. Of course you can go up and down in price depending on the type and size of bowl you are after. You can use this bowl for food as well as water, obviously!